While we know what the PS5 looks like, on the outside and inside, its UI was still a mystery. Until now, that is, as in the most recent State of Play. Sony Interactive Entertainment has shown what it looks like.
On the surface, it looks a lot like the current PS4 UI. But a closer look shows that there’s a lot of improvements and iterations on the existing system.
The video starts off from rest mode, in what is called the PS5 Control Centre, with Sackboy: A Big Adventure playing in the background. This is what you’ll get by pressing the PS button while a game is running. Similarly, pressing the same button returns you to the game.
From the PS5 Control Centre, you see what SIE calls cards. There are cards that tell you things from news about games, and another shows the screenshots and clips you’ve taken. The rest are called Activities, which tell you about challenges that are available in-game. It can also give you estimates of the time it takes you to clear an activity. Some will even immediately take you to it in-game.
For PS Plus subscribers, you can even sometimes get access to official game help. This sometimes result in a video overlay over your game, so you can watch, and immediately make use of the help given. That’s two previous SIE patents being shown in action.
The video overlay feature of the PS5 UI can also be used to watch gameplay that a party member broadcasts. Speaking of parties, if someone in the group starts a multiplayer game, you can join the game from there too.
You can check out the PS5 UI yourself by watching the short video of about 11 minutes. But SIE says that the UI itself may change a little when the console launches on 19 November.
(Source: PlayStation / YouTube)